American River

Urban

American River is a small town tucked into native bushland overlooking Eastern Cove and Pelican Lagoon. Its natural surroundings, lack of crowds or hustle and bustle make it a haven for wildlife and birdwatching.

At night the town comes alive with nocturnal animals such as wallabies and possums. The town and surrounds are dotted with self guided walking trails that are the perfect setting for prolific birdlife and native flora.

For those seeking peace and quiet amongst nature, American River is an ideal central location for touring Kangaroo Island.

With the integration of bushland and accommodation, the nightlife in American River is naturally wild. A leisurely walk with a torch will reveal an array of native life including Tammar Wallabies and Brush-tailed Possums.

Organised nocturnal tours are available, incorporating Little Penguins at Penneshaw (please contact the tour operator as some tours may not be running at certain times of the year). The bushland surrounding the village is habitat to the endangered Glossy Black Cockatoo, which are often seen in the area. Eastern Cove, the outer bay, offers excellent sailing and fishing in semi-protected waters. The village of American River supports these pursuits with an excellent boat ramp, barbecue and picnic facilities, fishing charters and boat hire.

The Kangaroo Island oyster industry is based here and oysters are available, seasonally. Pelican Lagoon, the inner bay, is a natural fish nursery and is protected as an Aquatic Reserve. The islands within the lagoon are important bird-breeding habitats. Black Swans, Cape Barren Geese, Australian Pelicans and other birds make the area an excellent bird-watching destination. The foreshore and the Fish Cannery Walking Trail are great places to pursue this.

Quick Facts

American River is an Urban Location area within the local government area of Kangaroo Island  in South Australia, it is located approximately 121kms from the capital Adelaide and extends over an area of 1.82 square kilometres. American River has a recorded population of 238 residents and is within the Australian Central Daylight Time zone Australia/Adelaide.

If you are planning a visit to American River we’ve put together some of the things you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know American River and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.

Nearby Accommodation

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Wonderful large deck which wraps around the house, fantastic for entertaining or relaxing.

Baudin House

Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

Play Ground

Kingscote Tourist Park and Family Units

Brownlow Ki, Kangaroo Island

Villa with garden view

Kangaroo Island coastal villas

American River, Kangaroo Island

Outside Villas

Kangaroo Island Bayview Villas

Kingscote, Kangaroo Island

Front of the house with seaviews

Penneshaw Oceanview Apartments

Penneshaw, Kangaroo Island

Living room

Island Chalet Kangaroo Island

Brownlow Ki, Kangaroo Island